ERIC Number: ED335531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Development of the Oil Industry in Cameroon and Its Implications for Education and Training. IIEP Research Report No. 79.
Sanyal, Bikas C.; And Others
A study analyzed how the oil industry in Cameroon developed and influenced the expansion, structure, and content of Cameroon's formal and nonformal education and training system. A survey of 213 employees and 8 enterprises was supplemented by a review of government reports and official published and unpublished documents. The economy of Cameroon was examined, with special reference to technological policy, industrial development, and research and development (R&D) activities. The importance of oil was demonstrated in terms of its export earnings, contribution to revenue, and impact on employment. The industry's structure, activities, growth of production, and R&D work were also studied. The formal educational system was found to have had difficulties in producing enough scientific and technical graduates to satisfy the demands of industry. A widespread system of nonformal education in the various companies had been established, using a variety of modes of training in the country and abroad. Employers and employees indicated that job performance and professional training were the most important criteria for recruitment. From 1980-86, oil firms somewhat increased the formal educational qualification structure of their employees. Employees stressed that higher education could make a significant contribution toward government-education-industry cooperation. (A survey and list of 12 references is appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Coordination, Developing Nations, Educational Cooperation, Educational Development, Educational Needs, Foreign Countries, Fuels, Government School Relationship, Industry, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Nonformal Education, Program Development, School Business Relationship, Technical Education, Vocational Education
International Institute for Educational Planning, 7-9 rue Eugene-Delacroix, 75116 Paris, France.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Higher Education, Computer Services and Scientific Research, Yaounde, (Cameroon).; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Identifiers: Cameroon; Oil